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My new children’s book: My Mindful Little One – Bedtime

Mindful Little one - coverMy first book on mindfulness is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK   It is called My Mindful Little One: Bedtime and is being  published by Scholastic and will be available in May 2016.  This  children’s picture book is for 3 to 6 years olds – and includes mindfulness practices for them and their parents and carers.  I enjoyed writing it and hope you enjoy reading it to your little loved ones. It has been beautifully illustrated by Paula Bowles too.

This is essentially a delightful way to peacefully connect to the breath and each other, savour the precious moments of the day and before hugging goodnight and gently fall asleep. Click to pre-order a copy.  Please spread the word.

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CARE for Teachers: 7th Annual Retreat, Garrison Institute, NY, August 2014

The Garrison Institute is situated on the banks of the Hudson River, an hour norht of New York City.  It is located in a beautifully renovated former Cupucian Monestery, surrounded by forests and fields.  Its focus is on using contemplative practices to support social and ecological change.

The Garrison Institute is located in a beautifully renovated former Capuchin Monestery, of over 7000 square metres, surrounded by forests and fields.

This summer, from 8 to 13 August, I had the privilege of being at the Garrison Institute, NY, for their 7th Annual retreat on Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) for Teachers.

The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization siutated on the banks of the Hudson river, an hour north of New York City.  Its focus is on using contemplative practices to support social and ecological change.

CARE for Teachers is an innovative and well-researched programme that directly enhances teacher well-being and indirectly that of their students.

CARE for Teachers is an innovative and well-researched programme that directly enhances teacher well-being and indirectly that of their students.

CARE for Teachers was developed by a team of researchers and professionals working in education and contemplative practices, including mindfulness-based approaches.  The 5-day retreat included daily meditation and other mindfulness practices and explicit teaching of key prinicipals.  The goals were to develop skills to manage the demands of teaching, enhance the joy of teaching and student-teacher relationships and prevent burn-out.

On some days, the retreat began with an early morning  meditation at a nearby waterfall.  There was the option to swim in the waters too: a refreshing way to begin the day.

On some days, the retreat began with an early morning meditation at a nearby waterfall. There was the option to swim in the waters as a refreshing way to begin the day.

The course included consideration of the resources required to develop emotional awareness.  This included respecting emotions and being able to recognise and label them.  It also involved improving how we regulate emotions and respond to complex and challenging situations.   Overall, greater awareness, presence and compassion were developed for use in complex and demanding work contexts, which for most of us, included classrooms. For more information see the CARE for Teachers website.

Chi Nei Tsang: an increasingly popular therapy provided by Holistic Education

Mantak Chia has been the main teacher in bringing Taoist practices into western awareness and has written dozens of books, including a few on CHi Nei Tsang.

Mantak Chia has been the main teacher in bringing Taoist practices into western awareness and has written dozens of books, including a few on CHi Nei Tsang.

Chi Nei Tsang is an ancient therapy that integrates aspects of Shiatsu, Chi Kung meditations and Tai Chi technique.  It aims to harmonise the flow of energy though working predominantly on the abdomen or hara.  It has become increasingly popular in recent years and the result has been an increase in the number of people requesting this therapy from Holistic Education.

In response to this, I have developed a new webpage, specifically on Chi Nei Tsang and I hope you enjoy finding out more about it and maybe, one day having a treatment for yourself.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy watching this introductory video, created by Kris Deva North from the London Healing Tao Centre.  I’m in it, doing some treatments and a bit of teaching.  It was filmed in April 2013.  Your feedback is welcome.

Wishing you well-being, health and happiness, Bernadette

New! Join the Holistic Education Mailing List

MailinglistThe website has been updated! Now you can join a mailing list to receive updates from Holistic Education on events and information about its activities.  You can also specify your interests, choosing from Mindfulness, Yoga, Holistic Therapies and Educational Psychology Services.  if you’d like to join, please click on the picture or here for the sign up form.  Best wishes, Bernadette